Terps shoot 26 percent in 62-42 loss to Alabama
Maryland shot the ball so poorly on Thursday night, it hardly
mattered that No. 16 Alabama’s leading scorer was essentially a
JaMychal Green went to the bench early in the game with two
quick fouls and Tony Mitchell stepped up with 15 of his 17 points
in the first half to lead the Crimson Tide to a 62-42 win over
Maryland in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Mitchell was 7 of 12 from the field, including 3 for 4 from
3-point range, and Trevor Releford scored 10 points for the Tide
(3-0), who grabbed a double-digit lead early in the first half that
they would not relinquish.
”My mindset was to go out and get my team a win, anything I can
do to win,” Mitchell said.
Alabama cruised despite Green’s foul trouble.
”We are a better team with JaMychal on the floor, but Tony gave
us a great performance throughout the game,” Alabama coach Anthony
Grant said. ”I thought everyone had their minds focused on the
Green, who scored 18 points in each of Alabama’s first two
games, was hardly needed against a cold-shooting Maryland squad
that went 13 for 49 from the field (26.5 percent). The Terps (1-1)
hit just two of their 12 attempts from 3-point range.
”We were a train wreck falling off a cliff in the first half,”
said first-year Maryland coach Mark Turgeon.
Green, a senior forward, was 2 for 8 for seven points in 12
minutes for the Tide.
Both teams said Alabama’s tough defense and physical play were
the keys to the game.
”Our defensive effort really told the story,” Alabama coach
Anthony Grant said. ”I’m proud of our guys. We came out with great
focus. Our defense throughout the whole game was outstanding.”
James Padgett scored nine points and Ashton Pankey had 10
rebounds for Maryland, which was outrebounded 47-29.
”They are such a great defensive team. You could see it,”
Maryland was the first major conference opponent for Alabama,
which opened the season with a pair of home victories over North
Florida and Oakland, Mich. The Tide narrowly missed reaching the
NCAA tournament last season and lost to Wichita State in the final
of the NIT.
Turgeon, who was lured away from Texas A&M to replace the
retired Gary Williams, saw room for improvement across the
”We missed a lot of shots,” he said. ”Rebounding was
disappointing and they jumped a little higher and stronger.”
The Puerto Rico Tip-Off runs through Sunday. Alabama will face
the winner of the Wichita State-Colorado game in the second round,
while Maryland takes on the loser of that game. The other schools
in the field are Temple, Western Michigan, Purdue and Iona.